Michael Morales Hurtado, 22, of Pasaje, El Oro, Ecuador has earned his second victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The undefeated mixed martial artist was one of the winners at “UFC 277.”
Featuring 13 MMA bouts, “UFC 277” was held at the American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, United States. In the fourth bout of the evening, Morales fought Adam Fugitt, 33, of Eugene, Oregon, USA in the welterweight division.
Referee Herb Dean stopped the welterweight contest after 1 minute and 9 seconds in the third round. He raised the hand of Morales, who won via technical knockout via punches.
The victory improved Morales’s professional MMA record to 14 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Fugitt now has 8 wins and 3 losses.
Fugitt made his UFC debut at “UFC 277”. It was Morales’s second UFC bout.
Both of Morales’s parents are judo black belts. His mother Katty Hurtado, a third dan judo black belt, is an international referee in judo.
Michael is training out of Entram Gym in Tijuana, Mexico where he is currently based. He is 6’3″ tall and he made his professional MMA debut on August 19, 2017.
On September 21, 2021, Michael earned a UFC contract after his unanimous decision victory win against Nikolay Veretennikov, 32, of Astana, Kazakhstan at “Dana White’s Contender Series 2021” Week 4 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to this, the Ecuadorian MMA fighter competed in Oro Fighting Championship, Troncal Fighting Championship, Fusion Fighting Championship, Manaba Top Team, Pasaje Combat, Barbarians Fighting League, Extreme MMA and the Ultimate Warrior Challenge.
On January 22, 2022, Michael made his UFC debut at “UFC 270” at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, USA where he defeated Trevin “The Problem” Giles, 29, via technical knockout via punches. This made Michael the second Ecuadorian MMA fighter to compete in the UFC following Chrone, Ecuador native Marlon Vera, 29, who has been competing in the promotion since 2014.